• Sazón Del Alma: Carnaval Video Party

    Sazón Del Alma: Carnaval Video Party 2019

    • Friday, June 14, 2019
    • From 6 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Theater (1st Floor)
    • $7 Admission

    019 MCCLA Carnaval SF Contingent on the big screen! Come live the experience of music and dance that unites us as a community.

    • 6:00 pm — Open Doors
    • 6:15 pm — Video Party Carnaval
    • 6:50 pm — Special presentation by Carnaval dancer Guillermo “Yiyo” Ornelas
    • 7:00 pm — Peruvian Cajón music by Juan de Dios Soto!

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  • Mission Pecha Kucha 2 Paseo Artístico

    Paseo Artístico: Mission Pecha Kucha 2

    • Saturday, June 8, 2019
    • From 1 PM to 5 PM
    • Studio D (3rd Floor)
    • Inti-Raymi Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission

    Join us from 1 to 3 PM in Studio D for a watercolor class with Dulce Lopez!

    Pecha Kucha 2 is named for the presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha 2 is sure to be another wonderful event featuring the presentations of artists, accompanied by their works and other festivities!

    Presenting Artists

    Kata Miletich

    For the past 13 years, Kata has been immersed in the fertile Bay Area music scene as the lyricist and voice of LoCura. She has collaborated and recorded with local artists Bang Data, Inspector Gadje, DJ Izzywise & La Misa Negra as well as being an integral member of Bay Area musical collective Istanbul Connection. Reflecting her own experience of growing up Spanish-American in Spain, Italy and California, her lyrics push the borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences. It is this cross-cultural upbringing & her community in the Bay that moves her to speak and sing on issues of migration, hope, and the inherent potential in all of us. When she’s not on stage rocking the mic, you will find her in the kitchen.

    Mara P Hernandez

    Mara Patricia Hernandez is a Mexican-American visual poet, digital artist, and designer; who creates multifaceted visual poetry. In her work, she combines both digital and traditional techniques, her attention to the form of a letter or the shaping of a word places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her work. Much of her visual poetry has been published and exhibited around the world. She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Adrian Arias

    Is a prize-winning multidisciplinary visual poet, curator, cultural promoter and Art teacher, working and living in the Bay Area since 2000. Arias has participated in international individual and collective exhibitions, showing his visual art and poetry in Japan, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru, and the US. Was invited in 1997 to the Ibero-American Biennale of Peru, and in 2001 to the Venice Biennale, Bunker of Poetry with his poem-installation “Curiosity”. Adrian was working at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts as a Multimedia director from 2001 to 2016. He is one of the founders and creators of MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project). Adrian creates at the MCCLA: the VideoFest, Luna Negra, Miercoles Literario, and ILLUSION show, a one-day happening event that also happens at de Young Museum and Somarts.

    Since 1999 is working in big scale Altars for Day of the Dead exhibitions at MCCLA, Somarts, San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Museum and galleries. In 2003 he start working in live painting and drawings in several venues, as galleries, museums, and start a series of collaborations with musicians, painters, story tellers, etc. The experience of uniting poetry and performance arises from the 90’s in Lima when Adrian directed multidisciplinary shows. In 2002, living in the Bay Area, Adrian begins developing and acting his own performances, with influences of some of his maestros, Lili Zeni, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Keith Hennessy and Anna Halprin. Since 2015 he creates his new series of scores-performances: DREAMS, exploring in movement, the content of his dreams.

  • End of Semester Show

    • Saturday, June 8, 2019
    • From 3 PM to 5:30 PM
    • Theater (1st Floor)
    • $5 Admission

    Join us for our End of Semester Show as our teachers and their students showcase the diverse classes held at the center! Classes participating include Latin Percussion, Afro-Peruvian Dance and Cajón, Argentine Tango, with an exhibit from the students of Mission Gráfica, and more!

    Participating Classes:

    • Mission Gráfica Printmaking Studio
    • Louie Romero - Latin Percussion
    • Nora Olivera - Argentine Tango
    • Hector Lugo - Kids Drumming
    • Suzanne Cortez - Orquesta del Barrio
    • The MCCLA Carnaval Contingent
    • Ricardo Peña - Danza Azteca
    • Metzi Henriquez, Jose Rivera, Tara Love Cartegana, and Mayela Carrasco - Fogo Na Roupa
    • Lydia & Juan De Dios Soto - Afro-Peruvian Dance and Cajón

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  • Gabriel García Márquez: El Amor En Los Tiempos del Cólera

    Tertulias Literarias: El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera

    • Thursday, June 6, 2019
    • From 7 PM to 8:30 PM
    • La Salita (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission

    Tertulias Literarias is a Spanish Book club held in coordination with the SF Public Library, Mission Branch. Book of the month: El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    For more info call 415-355-2800 or email Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org

  • Sazón del Alma MCCLA's 2019 Carnaval SF Contingent

    Sazón del Alma: Carnaval SF 2019

    • Grand Parade: Sunday, May 26, 2019
    • From 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    • Bryant St & 24th St Mission
    • Free admission!

    The MCCLA proudly presents Sazón Del Alma, Contingent #41 in this year's Carnaval SF Grand Parade! Come watch them as they celebrate the rich variety of cultures that come together in the Bay Area.

    Join us as a volunteer for Carnaval SF! To sign up, email volunteers@missionculturalcenter.org. Drawing and painting skills required!

    Sazón Del Alma $5 Raffle Tickets

    Win prizes while adding a little SAZÓN to your life! Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is selling $5 raffle tickets, to support our Carnaval Contigent.

    Win one of the following grand prizes:
    1. A trip for two to Cancun, Mexico
    2. An album signed by legendary musician Carlos Santana
    3. A team autographed basketball signed by the Golden State Warriors

    When you purchase a raffle ticket through the center MCCLA receives 100% of the proceeds! Stop by MCCLA's box office today and purchase your $5 raffle tickets!

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  • Double Trouble 2v2 B Boy B Girl Battle

    Double Trouble: 2v2 BBoy/Bgirl Battle

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • From 2 PM to 9 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • $12 Admission

    Teams of 2 dancers will go head to head in battle, dancing to funk and hip hop music selected by DJs Jus Jones and Grandmixer G. The winners will receive a $500 award!

    Organized by Rahul Doraiswami.

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  • Jurakán Nacíon en Resistencia

    Jurakán: Nación en Resistencia

    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • From 6 PM to 10 PM
    • Theatre (1st Floor)
    • $10 to $20 Sliding Scale

    Jurakán: Nation in Resistance documents the historical struggle of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean nation that refuses to disappear. It is narrated by 40+ boricuas— artists, experts, politicians and activists— of different perspectives. The documentary has been praised by prominent Puerto Rican figures like Nelson Denis, Blanca Eró and Congressman Luis V Gutiérrez.

    Meet filmmakers Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez at the west coast premiere of their film about Puerto Rico. Having just returned from a trip to the island, Mazzini and Gutierrez will report on local rebuilding efforts and the movement to reclaim Puerto Rico from venture capitalism and colonialism.


    • 6:00 pm - Food Served (Lobby)
    • 6:30 pm - Live Music by Madelina y los Carpinteros (Theatre)
    • 7:00 pm - Film Showing (Theatre)
    • 8:30 pm - Talk with Filmmakers Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez
    • 9:00 pm - Bombazo with Taller Bombalele class Community

    San Francisco Premier of Jurakan Film Draws Sold Out Crowd

    On Saturday, May 11th, as part of a three-day visit to the Bay Area, filmmakers Rosa Emmanueli Gutierrez and Gonzalo Mazzini presented their documentary of the past and present situation in Puerto Rico to over 160 people at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Boricuas, latinos, and allies were inspired and moved by the film, presentations and cultural performances at the program sponsored by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, the Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico, La Tertulia Boricua, and Puerto Ricans in Action LA.

    Crowd in the MCCLA lobby at the West Coast premiere of Jurakán.

    La Tertulia Boricua is a Puerto Rican cultural circle building community since 2011. The energy and emotion in the room was strong from the opening welcome by Jennie Rodriguez of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, who reminded attendees of the 42-year history of the Cultural Center in the struggle for Latino culture and rights. Aixa Gannon from the Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico welcomed the crowd and acknowledged the importance of the joint collaboration that made the event possible, and invited the audience to learn about and support the efforts to rebuild and reclaim Puerto Rico.

    The crowd sang and clapped from the first chords of musica jìbara from the mountains and nueva trova performed by Madeleine y los Carpinteros. Introducing the film, Rosa and Gonzalo explained that their mission was to present the roots of the colonial situation of Puerto Rico in order to build a new way forward. Rosa said that growing up in Puerto Rico, she was not taught her history or culture. Through interviews, footage of resistance over the decades, and stunning shots of the beauty of the island, a portrait of a Puerto Rico past present and future was made.

    Following the film, in an emotional appeal, Bethsaida Ruiz from BAASPR shared her experience working with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste, a women’s led grassroots organization offering educational workshops to the communities on the west side of Puerto Rico and supporting the reconstruction of houses. Since the end of September 2017 after Hurricane Maria the organization that has rebuilt over 20 homes. Bethsaida appealed for financial support to continue these efforts.

    The filmmakers answered questions from the crowd who were eager to contribute ideas to support the struggle to rebuild and defend the island.

    Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez answering questions about their film, Jurakán.

    The crowd left the auditorium following the drums and songs of Taller Bombalele, the Bay Area Bomba and Plena dance and music group led by Julia Cepeda and Denise Solis. Taller Bombalele was founded in September 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis. Taller Bombalele strives to promote the Afro Puerto Rican roots music and dance tradition of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in the community.  

    The crowd participated in a Bombazo in the entryway of the MCC for Latino Arts, dancing and singing as a unit until La Borinquena was sung. The crowd left reluctantly around 11 pm,
    hearts and spirits full.

  • Mission Art and Comic Expo

    Mission Art & Comic Expo

    • Sunday, May 5, 2019
    • From 12 PM to 6 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)

    Join us for the first annual Mission Art and Comic Expo!

    This event will celebrate the rich zine culture in the bay area and highlight the talents of artists of color and within the LGBTQ community. Over sixty comics creators and zinesters will be in attendance selling comics, books, and prints, exhibiting the importance of their artistic voice in our communities. Come out to the historic Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and support small press comics by buying work directly from the creators!

    Mission Art and Comic Expo May 5 Noon to 6 PM at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St San Francisco CA Visit MissionArtAndComicExpo.com for more information.

    Exhibitor Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and fundraisers!

  • Nuestras Vidas son los Ríos

    Tertulias Literarias: Nuestras Vidas Son los Ríos

    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • From 7 PM to 8:30 PM
    • La Salita (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission

    Tertulias Literarias is a Spanish Book club held in coordination with the SF Public Library, Mission Branch. Book of the month: Nuestras Vidas Son los Ríos by Jaime Manrique.

    For more info call 415-355-2800 or email Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org

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